Sunday, 22 April 2018

February Wrap up || 2018

Hello, everybody! Yeah. I know. I haven't been around since awhile, but here I am: back with another wrap up! This time, it's February one. I perfectly know it's almost May. but I wanted to do a bullet journal page before publishing it, exactly as I did with the January one. Guess what? Time passed and I didn't make that damn page.

Some exciting (yeah, maybe not) news! I created a bookstagram, so if you want to follow me, that's good. You could find some photos like these:

or some shots I took when I was on vacation:

But now, let's do it!

TitleBig Water.
Author: Andrea Curtis.
My rating: 2/5 stars.

✔ Historical fiction YA book that talks about a shipwreck.

 It was a quick read with great character development, but only considering the female protagonist.

 Because the male one is a stranger to me.

 The story is told too quickly I wasn't even devasted, plus zero historical atmosphere.

You can find the detailed review on the blog here.

Author: Brigid Kemmerer.
My rating: 4/5 stars.

✔ Girl who loves videogames in a YA.

 Religion is taken seriously in this book!

 Family and friendship are current themes.

 Characterization is gold, guys.

You can read the detailed review on here

Author: John Green.
My rating4/5 stars.

✔ John Green is baaack!

 Of course this book was golden.

 Characters are just so real, complex and cute.

 Great mental illness representation.

You can only read the review on Goodreads (clicking by 'My rating', I always put that), but for the moment. Review will be up on the blog soon. Stay tuned.

Author: Brigid Kemmerer.
My rating4.5/5 stars.

✔ Actually first novel of the companion one (More Than We Can Tell). I liked it more than MTWCT, actually.

 Perfect from hate to love relationship!
 Friendship is so much present.

 Lovely writing style.

Actually (I just love this word), the review is nowhere on the internet because I haven't written it yet. Yeah, you can hate me now. I mean, if you want. It would nice, if you didn't hate me. As soon as I can, I promise, I will post it on the blog and on Goodreads.

Those were my February reads! Now, tell me what were yours in the comments, I really want to know that!

Thursday, 12 April 2018

All the mangas I want to read || 2018 (I tried to be realistic)

In case you didn't know what a manga is, it's a great piece of art that mixes drawing and writing at the same time. To say it more generic, it's a Japanese comic.

Maybe you are wondering why am I talking about them in a book blog, but reader, even if mangas and comics/graphic novels are different from books, I consider them as 'reading'.

Why should you pick a manga up? Firstly, I think it's perfect for reading slumps. Why? Well, it has small text, duh. It also contains great illustrations that will make you feel twice terrible as a designer, but still. 

My favourite types of mangas are shoujo, they are basically contemporary books focused on teen love and feature adorable chracters. On the other hand, mangas focused on action are shonen ones. LGBT members and supportive people will enjoy Shōnen-ai -or Yaoi- (gays) and Shōjo-ai  -or Yuri- (lesbians). I will not mention erotic ones because #nothanks

After this introduction that anyone who has basic manga knowledge could have perfectly skipped, let's get into my list.

A Silent Voice #1 by Yoshitoki Oima

After watching the movie with my friend who has loved the manga, I came up with the conclusion to start reading it.

I loved how human psicology is analyzed; the characters are so deep. It deals with such heavy, but important topics like the female protagonist is bullied because she's deaf. Also suicide is treated.

Reading this can seem just heavy, but it has its adorable moments.

Of course, since I haven't read the mangas yet, my opinions are based only on the movie.

Blue Spring Ride #1 by Io Sakisaka

Actually, this would be a re-read. I only owned the first 4 volumes and recently bought two more.

I fell in love with this manga years ago, but the comic store didn't have the volumes I needed, so I just went to this fair in Rome, called Romics (Rome + comics, yeah) and found them in there.

This manga talks about a girl, Futaba, that after being isolated by her classmates in middle school because she was and is pretty, doesn't want to make that mistake anymore. Plus, she meets a guy she liked in middle school -Kou- and things will change.

Your Name by Makoto Shinkai

My sister owns the collection box, so I told myself, why not?

I haven't seen the movie, but I am really excited to read this.

This manga talks about a girl who lives in the countryside, Mitsuha, that always has wanted to live in town and a boy, Taki, that lives in Tokyo. One day, they dream to be respectively the other and it turns out it wasn't a dream at all.

Orange #1 by Ichigo Takano

Another manga that a friend of mine recommened to me. I saw a post on Tumblr on which the user said that made them cry, so why not? I'm used to suffer from fiction, so yeah.

The story follows a girl named Takamiya that receives a letter from herself 10 years in the future, saying that a classmate of her won't be there anymore 10 years later and that she has many regrets.

Intriguing, isn't it? Can't wait to read them!

I think it's enough. I am really in the manga mood, but reaslism is a thing I try to follow. I obviously hope to read these and even some more, but planning and actually doing nothing is what I usually do, so I'm trying to not push myself too much.

All the mangas are shoujo ones, what's your favourite type? Have you ever read one or would like to? I would love to read your answers!

Monday, 9 April 2018

La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust #1) || We all love when our favourite authors are back

Title: La Belle Sauvage.

Author: Philip Pullman

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Release date: October 19, 2017.

So, I know I have been absent, but it was Easter and that meant a lot of homework (teachers still haven't figured out we are humans, not machines) and FOOD. Food somehow means family, so I couldn't be near the computer more than a few minutes. Instead, I worked a bit on my tumblr and setted a books reviewed page. If you want to take a look, just go ahead, let me know what you think!

I read this book back in January (here you can view my January wrap up), so maybe you are wondering why am I posting the review in April. The reasons why are two: 1) actually I wrote the review ages ago, but didn't posted on my Goodreads because I didn't translate it in Italian (yeah, I translate my reviews in Italian on GD). 2) this book wasn't created until the end of February and March was new releases month, therefore I had other books to review.

Enough with this long introduction and let's go to the actual review, hope you enjoy!

”He was liked when noticed, but not noticed much, and that did him no harm either.”

I can’t even express the joy of reading this book! My first approach of this author began three years ago when my father introduced me to His Dark Materials series, telling me he really liked it. I read and loved the trilogy. It wasn’t my first try of reading the series, though. I tried when I was 12 years old I think, but it was a little bit difficult for the lazy me of 5 years ago. It couldn’t be a huge amount of time, but I started reading serious books at 14. So yeah, let’s go back to a week ago, when I was studying Philosophy- exactly Socrates- this philosopher claimed that his soul (which he called, not freak out guys, deamon or daimon) told him what to not do, in order to do good to him. Obviously I freaked out and wanted to read His Dark Materials again -this act can be interpretated as a TBR murder actually- so I decided to be against TBR murder and remembered The Book of Dust came out and I have bought it and I hadn’t read it yet (I was ashamed of mysef).

For those who didn’t know, which I was part of since I have bought the book without even reading the plot, this is a prequel. Lyra is actually a baby in this one and –surprise- she is not the main character. In fact, the main character is a boy, Malcom, who lives in Oxford and who will take care of Lyra.

 The first thing I couldn’t help but be exicted of: another book set in this amazing and magical world. The world building was really well done in the first trilogy and The Book of Dust doesn’t disappoint in this point of view. At first it could be like a normal book, but trust me, it isn’t. The gorgeous writing style plus the great and vivid descriptions fit as well in this explaination. So, how I missed Philip Pullman’s ability and writing.

 Malcom is an amazing main character that is actually kind, intelligent and is a kind of character you can’t help, but love. I have never read of another character like him in any book. Ever. He also has this shades of beviour that make him complex and completely real and human being, which is not as common as it should be in books. In general, I found no flat characters and Malcom, in my opinion, is the strongest one, in this more real characters point of view.

 It was a little bit weird reading about a baby Lyra, but it was absolutely fun. The relationship that is created between Lyra and Malcom is one of my favourite. Malcom discovers himself loving and caring about this baby girl like no one else in the book, even the mother and the father. Of course he is the best guardian angel Lyra could ever get and now I am curious to find some references about him in the first trilogy.

 It was darker than I expected. But I liked it. Characters and events turn out to be a little bit more complicated and complex than I thought, but it is not a bad thing. Of course it makes the book a book that could not be read by children, but, despite the age of the main character, a fantasy young adult.

 Reading more than one book at time also made me understand the difference between this book that I really enjoyed and another one that unluckily isn’t one of my favourite. At first, I almost read 100 pages a day and that’s because it is so interesting! It never bored me , but things got a little bit slower than the beginning in the second part of the book, the reason why I can’t rate this book 5 stars.

If you haven’t read His Dark Materials yet, first I’m flattered you are reading my review and second go reading the trilogy! If you are wondering, in case this is a prequel, to start with this book, I have to say do not start with this one because it has BIG spoilers in it. If you want to read only this book, then yes, but the fact this is a prequel doesn’t mean it doesn’t contain spoilers of the main trilogy.

I end this review by letting you know guys it will be another book, published in 2018, that is set “twenty years after the events of La Belle Sauvage, and ten years after the events of the His Dark Materials trilogy.”
What do you think? Have you read this book or His Dark Materials series? Write a comment so I can know!

Saturday, 7 April 2018

10 Things We all secretly do when we read a book

Hi, friends! Here I am with another post. This one is going to be about the things we all do where we are reading. These things may not be all applied to you because of course we are different human beings, sooo let me know what of these things you actually do!

Skipping sentences because you are so bored.


Going on Tumblr/Twitter/Facebook/any social media or internet to search things about the book you are currently reading, but haven't still finished. Result: you get spoiler.

Being on internet/goodreads instead of actually reading the book.


Going to the last page to see what pages the book is composed and casually reading the last sentences.

I find this following thing to happen to me more often when I am reading digital books: when you are reading a page, your eyes drop on the bottom of the page, not accidentally, and boom, spoiler!

Talking to the characters in the book because Steve won't be aware of the fact Gina is the love of his life and, ugh, #FrustrationDesperation

Crying like babies at some points, laughing like idiots at others. All this trying to not be thought of crazy while your mother is in the same room as you.

"How many pages has this chapter? If it has no more than 10, then I'll read also this one."

Using your finger as a bookmark because where the heck is the lovely bookmark you have bought for a lot of money??

Hugging the book because you have found an amazing new friend you've experienced a lot with.

Let me know which things you do the most! (Tell me I am not the only one, please).

Monday, 26 March 2018

Spring TBR || 2018

Even though in some parts of Italy it's snowing (not in Rome, though) spring has come and I am here with my spring TBR. If anyone didn't know what TBR means, it stands for To Be Read, as you can read in the header.

I am hoping I am finally finishing the series I still have to complete from 2017 (yeah, I know) this spring. I am tryng so hard to read them and a moment later I don't feel like I want to.

Series I have to complete because they are watching me and threatening me:

Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater.

Technically, the series ended with Forever, but still.

Pros: MAGGIE STIFVATER; my baby Cole; my shippp and did I say this is Maggie Stiefvater?

Cons: sometimes you just want to start new things, and yeah, I am lazy.

The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #3)

Pros: I will finally finish this series; I'm kinda curious of what will happen.

Cons: Reading this will be the death of me *cough* *cough* 470 pages. Not to mention that I have to read it in English. I have a strange relationship with the characters of this series?? I don't like the MC and the male protagonist is just meh as well as minor characters, but guess who's a masochist?

P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before #2)

Pros: my OTP finally togetherrr; another fluffy contemporary; FOOD; I do have high hopes okay?

Cons: read the plot afraid this is going to be part of the second books club. I mean, I don't want it to be all cliché and worse than the first one (that I loved).

Inferno (Blood for Blood #2)

Pros: LUCA FALCONE ok; know there is going to be action (at least, I hope so); I am so curious to see what will happenn; this has Italian culture, so I can feel home.

Cons: just the thought it could be a bad book terrifies me.

These are not all the books in the series I still have to read, but let's be reasonable and listen the ones I probably try to read. If you want to see the others, here you are.

Other books I am hoping to read:

Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables #1)

Not going to lie, I want to watch the TV serie, but first, I have to read the book. Of course. Going to borrow it at the library soon, so I can read it.


Bought it in Liverpool. It's the first time I read something with LGBT contenent that it's also considered under the religious point of view too, so #yass

Can we talk about this beautiful cover?!

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by amazing Maggie Stiefvater.

This is the book I am most exicted to read. Think I will read it in May, just as the last year, my first time. Then I'll read the second book again and read the books I haven't read yet in the series. Anyone who wants to buddy read or something? Let me know!

*whispering to the book* Children, here I am.

Chasing the Omega (Small Town #1)

I received free copies of the entire trilogy ages ago and I haven't read them yet... I feel so bad. Trying to read them soon.

Gold Shadow (Bronze Rebellion #1)  

The free copy was given to me by the author and I hope to read it soon!

Obviously I'll read something else too -hoping to- so this TBR is an open one. I'd like to read more classics, what do you guys recommend to me? Maybe something like Jane Eyre would be perfect.

Have you read these books or want to? Write down your spring TBR and let me know what you think about that Raven Cycle buddy read! Thanks for reading <3

Thursday, 22 March 2018

The Seven Deadly Sins Book Tag || Lovely Book Tags

Hi, guys! I am here with another book tag because I found it on internet and I had to do it. Just read the name! Here you can find the original tag.

I say we can start and I hope this isn't going to be as long as I think.

-Greed- What is your most inexpensive book? What is your most expensive book?

About my most inexpensive book I'd rather say it's Incarceron by Catherine Fisher.

Bought it at only 4 (about $4.94) on THE BEACH. Yes, you didn't read anything wrong. Was it worth it? I enjoyed it, but didn't love it, so we can say it was worth that price. The book talks about Finn, a prisoner where the prison is a living -and dangerous- creature that doesn't want its prisoners to escape. Obviously he has to meet The Girl, that in this case happens to be a princess named Claudia. With his old friend and her new one (not Claudia, another girl), he tries to escape. I loved the concept and the fact that the prison is a living creature -just wow. But, once again, a great premise was ruined by how the author developed the novel. I came really disappointed by that because with all the things you could continue this novel with, the author chose the worst ones.

My most expensive one is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. It's a hardcover, bought the day after its release and in English: € 22,89 because it's £ 20. Was it worth it? Kind of. I have no doubts I loved it, buuut I should have never bought a book with that price. 

-Wrath- Which author do you have a love/hate relationship with?

Uhm, for this one I would say Maggie Stiefvater. Nor that I hate her, of course, but at first I didn't like her book a lot. I am talking about Shiver. Long story, but not so long one: I wanted to read The Raven Boys because the plot intrigued me the most, but my bookstore didn't have that, therefore I ended up buying Shiver. Oh boy, how I was disappointed by that book. Don't get me wrong, I liked it, just my expectations ruined it.

And that's when the love part begins. I gave Stiefvater a second chance and I am so happy I did. I loved The Raven Boys so much.

*couldn't find the source, but credit to the owner.

-Gluttony- What book have you deliciously devoured over and over with no shame whatsoever?

*cough* *cough* 

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater. Seriously, every time someone mentions that book or the book series I just can't help but be the fangirl of the situation.

I think I have read this book after school ended, in summer, so I was way ready to read it all. The characters are my babies, each one of them. Really, I can't be exicted when I am talking about this series, my hands are shaking and I'm about to re-read them now.

-Sloth- Which book have you neglected reading due to laziness?

A lot. Especially loooong, infinity books. Sometimes I just feel like 'okay a book has to be long, but I am not going to read that amount of pages'.

Just some examples:

-Pride- Which book do you most talk about in order to sound like a very intellectual reader?

Okay, this one deals with a pretty true topic: reading classics and telling everyone about it because you're a smart kid now.

These ones are the classics I am always referring to when I am talking to my non-reader friend and want to brag myself. Yeah, sorry you had to know that.

-Lust- What attributes do you find most attractive in male or female characters?

Oh oh, we are getting specific here. I love when male characters are adorable geeks, but I don't mind bad boys either. So, as long as they are fictional, #gimme.

-Envy- Which books would you most like to receive as a gift?

Too bad my mum can't speak English because this could have been useful to her. I would love to receive:

The list could be endless, so I can say we can stop at these ones.
Let me know what are your answers below! Another thing: if I made a mistake, don't hesistate to signal it! Thank you.

February Wrap up || 2018

Hello, everybody! Yeah. I know . I haven't been around since awhile, but here I am: back with another wrap up! This time, it's ...